In short: no. The podcast makes for an interesting listen. The cardiologist who has authored a paper on the subject concludes the opposite. Not based on evidence of prognostic improvement but a ‘if this was my dad what would I do analysis’. Symptomatic relief versus a 1% complication risk including MI or CVA to the cardiologist looked like a good trade off. The degree of enthusiasm of the cardiologist made him sound like a salesman. To me it underlined the greatest role of a family doctor: to save the patient from the health system.
Have a listen:
The role of stenting in stable angina
The BMJ Podcast
Iqbal Malik, consultant cardiologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, joins Mabel Chew to discuss the role of angioplasty and stenting in patients with stable angina.
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